Find out how ALA, DHA and EPA plays a huge role in your pet’s health


 

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Did you know the omega-3s include alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and eicosapentaneoic acid (EPA), play a huge role in your pet’s health in many ways?

Among them:

  • Improving the health of your pet’s skin and coat. Poor skin condition puts your dog or cat at risk for itching, irritation, skin allergies and bacterial infections.
  • Alleviating the harmful effects of allergies and other conditions that result from an over reactive immune system response.
  • Slowing the growth of common yeast infections in dogs and cats.
  • Aiding proper development of the retina and visual cortex.
  • Preventing certain heart problems in your pet.
  • Maintaining healthy blood pressure and decreasing triglyceride and blood cholesterol levels.
  • Regulating blood-clotting activity.
  • Slowing the development and spread of certain pet cancers.

Fish oil is probably the most important supplement you can add to your dog’s diet, regardless of what type of diet you feed. EPA and DHA, the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil, provide widespread benefits, but they are fragile and unlikely to survive storage in bags of kibble, or may be rancid even before being added to pet foods. Healthy dogs can be given 100 to 150 mg EPA and DHA per 10 pounds of body weight daily; dogs who have health problems can be given up to 300 mg per 10 pounds of body weight.

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